New York - Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay has been named the National League Pitcher of the Month for July.
In his five starts, Halladay went 3-1 with a 1.54 earned run average. He threw 41 innings, good for fourth in the league, and struck out 39, which ranked second in the circuit.
The right-hander threw two complete games to tie for the major league lead, including his major league-best eighth route-going performance on July 28th in a win over Arizona.
Halladay edged out Ricky Nolasco of Florida and Mat Latos of San Diego to claim the honor for the first time in the NL and fourth time in his career.
Other pitchers receiving votes were San Diego's Heath Bell, Johan Santana of the Mets and Florida's Josh Johnson, who won the award in June.